Animals in research

Animal experiments form an integral part of attempts to understand how interacting systems of the body work, and what goes wrong with them to cause disease.

Many biological interactions can be examined using purified molecules and cell cultures, but experiments on whole organisms are required in our research on integrated physiological, immunological and developmental processes.

Animal welfare is a high priority at NIMR. Highly trained animal technicians provide the day-to-day care of the animals at the Institute, and NIMR is committed to the guiding principles of care and welfare generally known as the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement).

The UK also has very stringent legislation governing the use of animals in research.

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